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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Friday, October 18, 2013
A group of Malabar parents
protested in the rain yesterday,
warning the Government that
if they did not get a school for
their children, there would be
no votes for the People s Part-
nership in the upcoming local
At around lunchtime, the
small group stood in the pouring
rain, holding placards as they
sought to get the attention of
Education Minister Dr Tim
For the past eight months,
pupils of the Malabar Govern-
ment Primary School have had
to continue their studies in what
parents called "deplorable con-
Carl Huggins, a member of
the Parent/Teacher Association
(PTA) said the school was built
since 1981 as a temporary school.
He said: "Over 32 years ago
we have stayed in a temporary
structure. The building was
dilapidated. Last year they told
us they would give us temporary
accommodation and that within
six months they would start a
school for us. About ten months
passed and nothing has been
The pupils have been attend-
ing classes in containers placed
on a property near the old
However, for the past two
weeks these containers have
remained empty as parents com-
plain of rats, snakes and other
rodents filtering into classes.
"The containers are sinking,
the floor is falling apart, when
rain falls the containers flood
and the students cannot go to
school," Huggins said.
"For the past two weeks our
children have had to stay home
because rats from the old school
building are coming across to
Teachers have refused to teach
in the unhealthy conditions.
"We are suffering and our
children are suffering so we are
pleading with the Minister of
Education to help us at Malabar,"
"We are begging you. Please,
please! please! Try and get us a
new school. The PM say edu-
cation for all but like they forgot
us."More than 400 children attend
the primary school.
Parents said yesterday they
had been in touch with officials
at the Education Facilities Com-
pany Limited and were told that
they would do renovations.
Vice-president of the PTA,
Julie Khan said her nephew
attended the school and com-
plained that the children were
"We can t take it any more.
The children are getting sick in
While Khan spoke to the
Guardian, other parents chanted:
"No school, no vote," behind her.
No one from the ministry met
with the parents and after being
soaked in the rain, they returned
Khan said protests would con-
tinue until something was done.
The T&T Guardian tried to
contact chief education officer
Harrilal Seecharan but a secretary
at the ministry said he was in a
meeting off the premises.
Truck driver Ferose Mowlah, 31,
appeared in the Point Fortin Magistrates
Court yesterday charged with murdering
his two-month-old baby, Andre Feroze
He was represented by attorneys
Petronella Basdeo and Mustapha Khan
when he appeared before Senior Magis-
trate Indrani Cedeno.
Mowlah is accused of murdering the
baby at the family s home in Cap-de-
Ville, Point Fortin, on October 13.
The prosecution is claiming the baby
died after he was thrown to the ground.
Mowlah could not attend the baby s
funeral on Wednesday because he was in
custody. He was charged by Sgt Simon.
Asking for a speedy start to the case,
Basdeo said family was the fundamental
fabric of any society and it was indeed
a tragedy that Mowlah was charged with
his child s murder.
"The police must do their job," she
said, "but based on my instructions, I
am of the opinion that he will be vindi-
She said half of his life was already
gone because of his child s death.
Mowlah was remanded into custody to
reappear in court on November 14. (SW)
Malabar parents warn Govt:
no vote for PP
Man charged with killing
baby appears in court
GIFT FOR TIM
Principal of the
Chile Prof Victor
Minister Dr Tim
Gopeesingh at a
dinner hosted in
honour of the
at his Ellerslie
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